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Easy Shrimp Scampi

Tender shrimp in a garlic, lemon, white wine, and butter sauce -- and it's ready in less than 20 minutes! Serve with pasta for a delicious and easy weeknight meal.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword easy shrimp scampi, shrimp scampi pasta, shrimp scampi recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
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Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 267kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced fresh garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Optional garnish: grated Parmesan cheese; additional chopped parsley
  • For serving: cooked pasta, rice, or bread


  • Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until oil shimmers. Add shrimp and cook in a single layer until pink on both sides, about 2 minutes. Remove shrimp to a bowl.
  • Reduce heat to medium; add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant – about 15-30 seconds. Add wine and lemon juice; bring to a simmer for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, parsley and crushed red pepper flakes, just until the butter melts (about 1 minute). Remove from the heat; taste and season with salt and pepper. Add the shrimp and toss to coat in the sauce.
  • Serve with pasta, rice or crusty bread to soak up the sauce. Garnish with grated Parmesan and additional parsley, if desired.


You can use any size shrimp that you prefer. Since the shrimp are the star of the show in this recipe, I recommend either "Jumbo" (21-25 count per pound) or "Extra-Large" (26-30 count per pound) shrimp. If using smaller shrimp, reduce the cooking time and remove the shrimp from the skillet as soon as they turn pink.
Since the wine adds a good amount of flavor to the scampi sauce, make sure to choose a good-quality wine that you actually enjoy drinking. Try a dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc, or use a Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay.


Serving: 1/4 of the shrimp and sauce | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 308mg | Sodium: 958mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 431IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 3mg